Coastal Industrial Services, an industrial cleaning company with an office in Ferndale, merged with Ancon Marine Industrial, one of its largest regional competitors.
Kris Palmerton, former vice president of Coastal Industrial Services, will be Ancon’s Chief Operating Officer. The new company, which is called Ancon, has more than 400 employees with about 60 in Whatcom County.
Palmerton said in a phone message that nothing would change for Whatcom County employees, except their benefits will improve.
The company’s corporate office is in Rancho Dominguez, California, but the Ferndale office will be a satellite corporate office, according to a press release.
Coastal Industrial Services also had offices in Kelso and Kennewick, Washington, as well as Hawaii and southern California.